Neyyattinkara Vasudevan

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (1940–13 May 2008) was a Carnatic music vocalist from Kerala in south India.[1] The Padmasree-winning Carnatic vocalist and disciple of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Ramnad Krishnan, he combined tradition and innovation in his widely acclaimed career. Vasudevan is famous as being one of the first from the Dalit community to excel in the field which was previously the preserve of the upper castes.[2]

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan
Neyyatinkara Vasudevan Classical Encounters Cover.jpg
Background information
OriginNeyyattinkara, Kerala, India
Died (aged 68)
GenresCarnatic music
Occupation(s)Carnatic Composer
Neyyattinkara Vasudevan Sings with Thodupuzha Manojkumar on Violin, Erickavu N. Sunil on Mridangam, and Elanjimel Susheelkumar on Ghatom


Vasudevan born to a Dalit family, in a village near Neyyattinkara in southern Travancore.[3] He did his formal music studies from the Swati Tirunal Music College, Thiruvananthapuram, chiefly under Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He also did advanced studies under Ramnad Krishnan. He passed Ganabhushanam in 1960 and Sangeetha Vidwan in 1962.[4]

He worked as assistant professor at the RLV College of Music, Thrippunithura, for nearly a decade before joining All India Radio as an A-grade staff vocalist in 1974. He retired in 2000 and was later ranked ‘A Top’, the highest honour given by AIR to classical musicians.[5]

He died on 13 May 2008 in Thiruvananthapuram aged 68.[5]



He has also sung for some Malayalam movies.

Year Song Movie
1968 Sarasa Suvadana[9] Enipadikal
1987 Parama Purusha Swathi Thirunal
1987 Mamava Sada Janani Swathi Thirunal
1987 Kosalendra Swathi Thirunal
1987 Pannakendra Sayana Swathi Thirunal
1988 Nagumomu[10] Chitram
1990 Sree Jaanaveedharam[11] Vachanam
2000 Geyam hari naamadheyam[12] Mazha
2000 Paarukkulle[12] Mazha


  1. ^ Obituary in Sruti magazine, page 19 August 2008 issue
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  4. ^ Q4music (13 May 2008). "Q4music: Sri Neyyattinkara Vasudevan". Q4music. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Neyyattinkara Vasudevan dead". The Hindu. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Swati award for Neyyattinkara Vasudevan from "The Hindu" newspaper
  8. ^ "SNA Awardees' List". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
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  10. ^ "മലയാളസംഗീതം.ഇന്‍ഫോ - MSI MalayalaSangeethamm.Info". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
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